We pleased to announce that Professor Peter Behan has agreed to become a Patron of the ME Association.
He joins HRH The Duke of Kent, Etain Lady Hagart-Alexander, the Rt Hon John Bercow and Dr Anne Macintyre, who are also Patrons of the charity.
We invited Professor Behan in recognition of all the clinical and research work that he has done in relation to ME/CFS over many years, as well as the tremendous amount of support that he has have given to people with this illness.
Professor Behan has now retired from his research position at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, University of Glasgow, and from his clinical position at Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. But continues to work on research into both multiple sclerosis and ME/CFS.
Professor Behan's outstanding contribution to ME/CFS research over the past 40 years covers muscle, neurology, virology, immunology and treatment.
He was a contributor to the recent BBC Alba documentaries on ME/CFS where he spoke about muscle abnormalities and mitochondrial dysfunction. Professor Behan appeared in the second episode which was broadcast at the end of January.
Brief summary of Professor Behan's professional career:
* Demonstrator in pathology, University of Cambridge
* Research fellow in psychiatry and specialist research fellow in neurology, Harvard University, USA,
* Specialist research fellow in neurology, University of Oxford
* Assistant professor of neurology, University of Boston, USA;
* University of Glasgow: lecturer, senior lecturer, reader, professor of neurology;
* Medical patron, Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association
* Visiting professor, School of Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University
* Member: Neuroimmunology Research Group, World Federation of Neurology, Rodin Academy for Dyslexia Research
* President, Melvin Ramsay Society
* Pattison Medal for Research
* Dutch International Award for Study of Fatigue States 1994
* Fellow of the American Neurological Association
* Honorary fellow, Norwegian Neurological Association
Medical qualifications: FRCP, FRCPG, FRCPI, FACP, FLS